Twelve of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall

most anticipated books of fall

Most will probably agree that summer 2020 has been the longest, most difficult summer ever.  But now we can look forward to a new season as fall is upon us! And with a new season, comes new books! We’ve got a couple celebrity authors here – actor Lou Diamond Phillips and celebrity doctor Ian K. Smith have penned some very interesting reads. From murder mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi fantasy and romance to a memoir from a guy who made commercials his whole life, there’s something on this list for every type of reader! Here are our 12 most anticipated books of fall!

Don’t Ever Forget by Matthew Farrell

Police investigator Susan Adler is put to the test when she teams up with her friend and forensic investigator Liam Dwyer to find a murderer in this suspenseful read by Matthew Farrell. Their colleague has been killed, and the crime was caught on the dashboard cam. When they discover that a nurse and a missing elderly man might be involved, the case gets even more complicated. As more people end up dead.  Clues suggest that there might be a connection to two cold cases from long ago,  and there is a frantic race to figure out who the murderer is before he strikes again.

Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms by Jaime Schmidt

Entrepreneur and founder of Schmidt’s Naturals went from making products in her own home to selling her company for nine figures. She knows how to build a business and create a career. In Supermaker, Jaime shares her secrets on becoming financially successful, how to grow your product and engage customers, and more! If you’re looking to start your own business and need inspiration, Supermaker is the book for you!

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

Isabel Lincoln has disappeared and no one’s sure if she left on purpose. As Grayson Sykes reluctantly goes on the search to find her, she learns about Isabel’s secrets, and starts to believe that Isabel has abandoned everything in order to survive. This fast-paced cat-and-mouse chase for answers to where Isabel is and why she left will enthrall all thriller enthusiasts.

Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck

When Anne Sullivan gets divorced and moves to Potomac Point with her troubled teen daughter, she’s looking for a fresh start in life. She spent her childhood summers in the quaint bayside town and she’ll be with her grandparents who are renovating their old house. When Anne finds a vintage recipe box that contains hints about her grandmother’s past, she has questions but it’s difficult because her grandmother’s dementia is getting worse. Truth of the Matter is a novel about second chances, family secrets, and a mother and daughter who are trying to reinvent their lives.

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The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith

Chicago detective Ashe Cayne was forced from his position when he refused to participate in a cover-up that involved the death of a young black man. Now, he is fighting for justice as a private investigator in the hopes of redemption. When he is hired by the parents of Tinsley Gerrigan, who has gone missing, he discovers that she had been keeping secrets from her family and he is afraid that she may be dead. During the investigation, Tinsley’s boyfriend is found dead and there is another murder in the streets of Chicago. Cayne must navigate his delicate relationship with the Chicago P.D. in order to solve the mystery of Tinsley’s disappearance and have justice served.

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

When Molly Clarke disappears, they called it a ‘walk away.’   Her abandoned car and a note left at a nearby hotel shatters her family, who is lost without her. Was she a woman looking to disappear or did something more happen when Molly left? Was she simply desperate to leave her life and start over? Don’t Look for Me is a thrilling page-turner with surprising twists throughout!

The Great Realization by Tomos Roberts

A viral YouTube poem turned children’s book, The Great Realization is a must-read bedtime story praised by several A-list celebrities including Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Aniston, and Drew Barrymore. Written for the author’s brother and sister in response to the COVID-19 pandemic this book shares messages of hope and resilience, rebirth and renewal in a world that feels so unfamiliar.

The Lines Between Us by Rebecca D’Harlingue

The Lines Between Us is a story of family, forgiveness, hope, and healing told in two separate timelines. Ana is still grieving the death of her husband when her sixteen-year-old niece Juliana disappears in Madrid in 1661. After finding Juliana’s diary, Ana learns the horrific reason for Juliana’s disappearance. In 1992 in Missouri, Rachel’s mother has died and she finds letters from a woman named Juliana. As Rachel dives into the mystery of the letters, she’ll learn about Juliana’s family’s tragedy and will seek to understand how she is connected to the story.

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60 Stories About 30 Seconds: How I Got Away With Becoming a Pretty Big Commercial Director Without Losing My Soul (Or Maybe Just Part of It) by Bruce Van Dusen

In this humorous memoir, author Bruce Van Dusen shares sixty stories about his career in directing television commercials. In 1977 Bruce set out for New York City determined to make movies. Instead, he gets caught up in the fickle world of making commercials. More than four decades later, he shares the funny and weird aspects of his career. From getting peed on by a lion, to behind-the-scenes stories from some of your favorite actors, you’ll be intrigued by these sixty stories about thirty seconds!

All the Right Mistakes by Laura Jamison

Five privileged women have been friends since college.  For more than two decades, they’ve shared their lives with each other. When Heather, the most successful of them all, publishes an advice book for women, there is evident backlash. It turns out Heather has detailed the mistakes that her four friends have made in life. While hurt, each friend does wonder how their lives would have been different had they had Heather’s advice to begin with. They will all discover that it’s not the mistakes made in their lives, but how they’ve handled the situations that’s most important.

The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain

After the Holocaust, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna arrive to the U.S with their parents after being in a Displaced Persons Camp. It’s difficult to adjust to American culture and it doesn’t help that their parents don’t share much of their past. When they begin to ask questions and demand answers about their heritage, painful memories surface. The Takeaway Men is a poignant story of immigration, identity, and family secrets.

The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira by Lou Diamond Phillips

Written by actor Lou Diamond Phillips, The Tinderbox is an epic sci-fi fantasy about a soldier forced into battle who gets stranded on the enemy’s planet. Stuck in a new land, Everson is the enemy, and the planet, Mano, is a harsh desert land. When his enemies task him with finding the Tinderbox—an ancient technology—in order to overthrow their king, Everson meets Allegra, the king’s daughter, who is also in danger in her own homeland. Despite being born enemies, Allegra and Everson form a bond.  And when their worlds start crashing down on them, their love might be the only thing that can end the war.

This fall reading list was compiled by Stephanie Elliot

 Stephanie Elliot is the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She writes about parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. An editor and advocate for authors, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her family. For more info, visit or

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